US Open: Leylah Fernandez beats Aryna Sabalenka to reach New York final

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Fernandez hadn't advanced past the third round in any Grand Slam appearances she had made before.

US Open 2021 Venue Flushing Meadows New York Date: 30-08-12 September Coverage: Daily radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra/BBC Sport website or app. Also, live text commentaries and match report on the app and website.

Canadian teenager Leylah Farandez beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka, to make it to the US Open final. She will now face Emma Raducanu (18 years old).

The unseeded Fernandez turned 19 Monday and won 7-6 (7-3 4-6 6-4 to win a tight semi against the Belarusian

Fernandez, ranked at 73rd place, had defeated Naomi Osaka, the defending champion, and fifth seed Elina Vitolina.

Raducanu will be waiting to see if she defeats Maria Sakkari (17th-seeded Greek) later.

Raducanu will continue her dream run in New York and the pair will host the eighth Grand Slam final of the Open Era between teenagers.

It would be the first time since 1999 that Serena Williams, an American hopeful, beat Martina Hingis from Switzerland.

Fernandez has been assured her place in Saturday’s final after she showed all her nerves and skill to defeat Sabalenka, 23 years old.

Fernandez, in a stunned celebration, fell to the ground at Arthur Ashe Stadium before making a heart sign with her fingers and taking in the cheers of the pro-Canadian crowd.

"My mental toughness is a result of years and years worth of hard work and blood. Fernandez stated that Fernandez made sacrifices on and off the court.

"I wanted to be there in the final. "I fought for every point."

Fernandez displayed great resilience after falling in the first set. Sabalenka then wiped out a break in just the second set.

The outcome was largely down to Sabalenka's inability to perform under the stress of the situation.

She had a few nerve-wracking moments in crucial stages. In the first set, she made a double fault at 4-2 to give the break back.

Even though Sabalenka managed to tie the match, she was beaten again by Sabalenka's two double faults in the second game.

Fernandez laughed when Fernandez was asked how she won. Fernandez laughed when she was asked how she won.

They have supported me, cheered me on and never lost hope for me. They fought for my cause. They helped me win.


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